Balance and Composure’s second album, The Things We Think We’re Missing, rocked my world in 2013. If not for Biffy Clyro, it would have been my album of the year. It flowed like a river whilst pivoting between hard rock, post-rock and emo/scream with a dexterity and fluidity that defied belief. The listening experience of the record as a single entity was its greatest strength.
Three years later and the boys are back with their new one, Light We Made. The flow of TWWTWM returns, but with a softness that wasn’t present on TTWTWM. However, that doesn’t mean it’s entirely devoid of the post-hardcore edge that defined their earlier work. The pink pastel pallet that adorns its cover art is a perfect reflection of the delicate tonal approach that belies vocalist Jon Simmons’ tortured lyrical self-evisceration.
Choosing Postcard as the lead single was a genius idea because it encapsulates everything about the album in three minutes. The subtle electronic highlights in the chorus, anguished lyrics of loss and isolation and atmospheric sounds display Balance and Composure at their strongest. When they eschew their hardcore leanings in favour of a more expansive sound on Light We Made, Balance and Composure cast aside the safety of their established sound and explore the harsh reality of life with maturity.
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